Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook by Lynn Kear

By Lynn Kear

Evelyn Brent's lifestyles and profession have been going really good in 1928. She used to be fortunately dwelling with author Dorothy Herzog following her divorce from manufacturer Bernard Fineman, and the tiny brunette had wowed fanatics and critics within the silent movies The Underworld and The final Command. She'd additionally been a sensation in Paramount's first discussion movie, Interference. yet by way of the tip of that yr Brent was once headed for a fast, downward spiral finishing in financial disaster and low paintings as an additional. What occurred is a sophisticated tale laced with undesirable good fortune, negative judgements, and treachery unique within the first and merely full-length biography.

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Y]ou bet we will stay here. I love California and love my screen work. P. Schulberg—by claiming “Fineman is well-known in the film circles, having been an executive of production under his own film banner for many years. ”10 The article also went to great lengths to point out how much time they spent together. “Fineman’s studios adjoin those of the FairbanksPickford Corporation. Each noon time Miss Brent dashes across the ‘lot’ to her hubby’s studios and together they stroll across the street for luncheon.

43 The story, which apparently had no truth to it, eventually died down, but for some time Brent was the subject of much unwanted gossip. Interestingly, there were many cynics in the film community who saw the whole thing as a publicity stunt. Apparently the press conference was a little too carefully staged. Reporters were called to Pickfair where they found Fairbanks getting a massage. He gave them his side of things. A reporter described what happened next. ”44 By the end of the year, the publisher of Screenland, Myron Zobel, responded to threats of a lawsuit by claiming that the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

The safeguarding of health is the strongest reason for not wearing corsets,’ Miss Brent says. ‘But the club’s appeal will be made principally to the desire for beauty and style. O. publicity machine was on the job. ’”90 A major announcement appeared on May 24: Evelyn Brent had gone ahead and bobbed her hair. Yes, she had earlier said it would be like cutting her own throat, but the decision was made after her fans had been polled. Furthermore, her friends had been applying pressure. “It took two years’ argument on the part of her friends and the demands of 1240 fans to get Evelyn Brent to bob her hair.

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